Half of New Mexico Adults Meeting Aerobic Exercise Guidelines
New Report Shows 1 out of 4 New Mexicans Get Little to No Physical Activity
The New Mexico Department of Health announces results of a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealing 52.2 percent of New Mexico adults and 26.3 percent of youth meet the aerobic physical activity guidelines. The guidelines for adults are 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week and 60 minutes of aerobic exercise for children and adolescents per day.
“Being physically active is one of the most important steps New Mexicans can take to improve their health,” said Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward, MPH. “I strongly encourage New Mexicans to use walk and bike paths as well as local parks and school playgrounds to get more physical activity. Every effort helps.”
People who are physically active tend to live longer and have a lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, some cancers and obesity.
The same report shows that one out of every four New Mexicans admit they aren’t exercising in their free time. According to the CDC’s 2014 State Indicator Report on Physical Activity, 25.3% of New Mexico adults report they get little to no leisure time physical activity.
The full report with state rankings in all categories and maps are available in the 2014 State Indicator Report on Physical Activity publication from the CDC.
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